All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018, Ranked

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Vote up the people, places, things, ideas, memes, and other ~stuff~ that most defined 2018.

In 2018, news, culture, and people in general just moved a lot faster, turning days into whirlwinds of news updates, Instagram stories, and your high school friend's fifth consecutive motivational Facebook status of the day. To help catalog the year, here are 2018's trending topics, from the biggest news stories to the most popular trends. Some of them directly influenced 2019's most popular topics, but 2018 was truly a tale all its own.

The Royal Family had a baby and a wedding, while Facebook's previously unshakeable hold on the internet began to wane. More and more evidence came forward about election meddling by foreign powers, there was a historic summit with North Korea, and we all argued with our families about Yanny and Laurel. From important topics to notable memes, this is everything that went viral in 2018.

What were the biggest and most famous topics in 2018? What happened in 2018 that left a mark? Which of these things did your mom ask you to explain?

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  • The Marvel film brought the Avengers and various other Marvel names together to fight Thanos.

    Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet -- the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the ...more
  • Wildfires In California

    Wildfires In California

    549 votes

    Throughout November, multiple wildfires burned in both northern and southern California. The Camp Fire was the deadliest US fire in 100 years, taking the lives of 85 people and burning over 150,000 acres in Butte County. The Woolsey Fire burned over 96,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and three people lost their lives.

  • Black Panther
    1,014 votes

    The 2018 film broke box office records.

    After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as ...more
  • The Thai Boys Soccer Team

    The Thai Boys Soccer Team

    616 votes

    On June 23, a Thai boys soccer team hiking in a cave became trapped after seasonal flooding cut off their exit. Thai Navy SEALs ultimately freed all team members and their coach after 18 days and multiple rescue missions.

  • On November 30, the 41st US president passed. He had suffered from a form of Parkinson's disease. His state funeral took place on December 5 and was attended by all living US presidents and numerous foreign dignitaries.

  • Spider-Man
    315 votes

    Between the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verseand the Spider-Man PS4 game, Peter Parker's star shone brightly in 2018.

    Spider-Man is a fictional superhero created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko. He first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the Silver Age ...more